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Ripley LS Carbon 3.0 Mountain Bike Frame - 2018

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3rd time's a charm.

Representing the third generation of the trail-slaying Ripley, the Ibis Ripley LS Carbon 3.0 Mountain Bike Frame is overhauled for 2018 to clear wide volume tires for unrelenting grip and smooth-riding characteristics across rough trails. It retains the nimble handling and high-speed stability that's made the previous Ripley LS an overwhelming favorite across a wide variety of trails, as well as the 120-millimeters of DW-Link travel for quick acceleration with very little in the way of energy-sapping pedal bob. Surprisingly, this limited rear travel feels much deeper than numbers suggest, meaning it can hang with longer-travel bikes on rowdy sections of trail littered with steep drops, square-edge hits, and rock gardens.

Delving into the Ripley LS 3.0's geometry, you'll find a moderately slack head tube angle of 67.5-degrees instilling confidence on the descent, with a low-slung 13-inch bottom bracket keeping you glued to the trail. Paired with the steam-rolling benefits of 29-inch wheels, it absolutely destroys descents and rugged stretches of trail with both composure and stability where other trail bikes would falter. This is especially surprising when you note its 120-millimeters of rear travel, which is rather small in today's world of long-travel enduro bruisers.

Accommodating the ever-evolving wheel and tire standards becoming ubiquitous on modern trail machines, the Ripley LS Carbon 3.0 accepts 2.6-inch tires with its reconfigured swing arm and clevis mount, which is moved backwards and down to clear wider tires. Ibis achieves a stiffer rear end with the reconfigured chassis of its dual-eccentric DW-Link suspension. The upper eccentric link is wider than before for increased stiffness when you're tracking across the rough stuff. Best of all, the reconfigured chassis doesn't affect the praised suspension kinematics of the previous Ripley LS.

We'd be amiss to forget the monocoque carbon lay-up of the Ripley LS frame, resulting in an astoundingly stiff, pleasingly light trail whip. For even greater wheel stiffness, the rear axle is upgraded to BOOST, which creates wider hub spacing for a stiffer bracing angle of the wheel spokes. Other cool tidbits to note, the front derailleur mount only works with Shimano side-swing and Di2 2x types and there's internal dropper cable routing for a cleaner overall aesthetic.

  • Playful 29er for trail riders, now accepts wide volume tires
  • 120mm DW-Link travel for efficiency + square-edge compliance
  • Carbon construction is astoundingly stiff and lightweight
  • Balanced geometry with 67.5-degree head tube angle
  • Redesigned swingarm clears 2.6-inch tires for grip
  • Upper eccentric link is wider for rear-end stiffness
  • Accepts Shimano 2x side-swing and 2x Di2 front derailleurs
  • Internal dropper cable routing for cleaner aesthetic

Tech Specs
Frame Materialcarbon fiber
Wheel Size29in
Rear ShockFox Factory Float DPS
Rear Travel120mm
Head Tube Diameter1-1/8 - 1-1/2in
Bottom Bracket Type73mm BSA threaded
Cable Routinginternal dropper routing, routing for Shimano side swing derailleurs
Front Derailleur MountShimano side-swing 2x, Shimano 2x Di2 front derailleur
Brake Typepost-mount disc
Seatpost Diameter31.6mm
Rear Axle12 x 148mm BOOST thru-axle
Recommended Usetrail
Manufacturer Warranty7 years

130mm Travel Fork

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5lb 14.4oz

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>Rating: 5

Ibis Ripley LS rips

I've put it through the wringer

Have had my 2018 Ripley LS with GX for a few weeks. A great race bike that climbs great and descends well, though not a downhiller. If you are a climber more than a descender like me, then this may be the bike for you. Great handling and comfort. I see how these newer trail bikes are quite a step up from those of a few years before. Competitive Cyclist steered me right once again with great customer service, and the i9 wheel upgrade was a super great rec.

>Rating: 5

Love it when research pays off this well

I've put it through the wringer

I'm a scientist, so, I want proof that my hypothesis is correct. I was sure enough to plunk down the money (and the 30 day buy-back guarantee certainly helped!) and take my chances. The Ripley Ibis 29 (2018) is heads and shoulders better than the Trek 9.8 EX Fuel 27,5 (2015) when I am the pilot on the terrain I ride. In the WIDE OPEN shock setting, the Ibis climbs and accelerates better than the Trek...did, and that was with a fresh shock rebuild. The Ibis still has wonderful sharp-impact smoothing, but I'm really thrilled with the acceleration and climbing. There is a rock garden climb that I'd only clear about 20% of the time on my Trek. So far, 5 out of 5 tries I've made it on the Ibis...and it's not just's so much more stable and fast over those rocks. Perhaps it's so much faster, therefore it's more stable. Maybe it's some of both. I immediately rode half a mph faster on my first ride on my usual route on the Ibis. After nearly a month, I've stretched out that time benefit to 1 mph better on the Ibis than my best time on my Trek. I'm in my early 60's, so, I don't think I'm just getting in better shape...the Ibis is just better for me than my Trek. Just rode DuPont State Forest on the Ibis for the first time today....again, a set of rock steps that had me stopped more than once on my Trek were no problem on the Ibis. AGAIN, this is at WIDE OPEN setting on the Ibis...a setting where the Trek would really bog down if I tried to climb like that!. I have all the proof I need, I'm glad I made the switch.

>Rating: 5

Excellent frame and price

I've put it through the wringer

I've owned a 2015 XC Ripley since their introduction and wanted a LS model also for slightly more aggressive riding. Having been a DW Linkage rider for many years and loving the Ripley XC version of it I was pleased to find the 2018 on sale. I have no need for a dropper longer than 150mm so the 2018 works fine for me w/o the redesigned linkage for 2019 to accomdatoe longer droppers. Great deal and a great ride!

>Rating: 5

A lively, playful, charismatic machine

I've put it through the wringer

We, as an industry, have all firmly planted both feet in the carbon frame pool. Companies aim to distinguish themselves with their linkage designs and insulation from issues with a warranty, but rarely speak specifically to the quality of construction in their frames. I've seen the inside of every single brand of frame we sell. When I peered into the head tube of my Ibis with a little shop sized mag light, I was absolutely astonished to see no seams, excess resin, sloppy finish lines, or leftover carbon. Anywhere. Not even in the headtube or BB junction, common problem areas given the drastic tube shapes needed to compliment modern frame geometry. This frame quality was equivalent to that of Yeti, Santa Cruz, and Pivot, which I have seen as some of the finest brands in the industry. Oh yeah, these guys offer a 7 year warranty on their frames; that is longer than anyone but Santa Cruz. The DW link is known for pedaling extremely well, but the eccentric pivot allows the suspension to really open up and feel somewhat "bottomless" on larger impacts. We ride in some horribly dry conditions out here in UT some parts of the year and the brake bumps can become formidable very quickly. In my experience, DW link has been the most efficient suspension design in keeping my rear wheel on the ground through sustained brake bumps, rock gardens, or any consistently chattery terrain. Climbs well, doesn't sag, but feels "bottomless"? So what sucks? The short answer is nothing, but if I had to pick on something, it would be the bikes slight harshness on square edged impacts. While riding in Moab, I noticed the DW was a little slower to respond on single bigger hits. This is, very plainly, because the bike was not designed to perform well in this regard, from what I can tell. If you want something for hucking, look for more travel. With the LS gaining a bit more length in the cockpit/wheelbase and a slightly slacker head angle, this bike will absolutely scream downhill, but keep you efficient enough to skip spinning lifts and just get that extra pedaling in. Please get in touch if you want to chat Ibis at all! I'd be glad to go over build options depending on your riding style and talk a bit more about what I settled on given my experiences.

You do know yeti is lifetime warranty right? Come on brah

After having purchased a Yeti and being MAJORLY disappointed, Maybe I will be better pleased with one of these left-over Ibis Ripley's. The Yeti was supposed to be 'thee' bike for me, but as it turned out, it was utter garbage on anything other than smooth trails. Rode like a rock, and couldn't hold a line AT ALL on anything other than smooth terrain. I'm speaking about the SB 4.5. Sure, it climbed well, but that's really about it. Major major waste of my money and I sold it at a massive LOSS. My other bikes are a Ti Hardtail and an Evil Wreckoning...which gets the most use by far. Wreckoning, for me, has become 'thee' most incredible 'do it all' bike I have ever owned, however, on climbs that are over 30 minutes long, it can get somewhat tiresome, though still very comfortable...just very SLOW. So I'm thinking maybe this frameset will be 'thee' bike of choice for the rides I do which involve two to three hour I can haul ass uphill in comfort. My Ti hardtail usually gets the most use during winter rides...where I'm not really concerned about speed, and, more importantly, where I don't have to worry about the rear linkage packing up with mud, grit, leaves, and all else. Thanks for your review, as it is helping me to consider this purchase. I really can't convey how utterly disappointed I was in the Yeti. Major, major let down. Good for only climbing and very smooth terrain.